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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
On Refusal of Aid between Nations
By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
 
NOT that the earth is changing, O my God!
  Nor that the seasons totter in their walk,—
  Not that the virulent ill of act and talk
Seethes ever as a winepress ever trod,—
Not therefore are we certain that the rod        5
  Weighs in thine hand to smite thy world; though now
  Beneath thine hand so many nations bow,
So many kings: not therefore, O my God!—
 
But because Man is parceled out in men
  To-day: because, for any wrongful blow,        10
    No man not stricken asks, “I would be told
Why thou dost thus;” but his heart whispers then,
  “He is he, I am I.” By this we know
    That the earth falls asunder, being old.
 
 
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